FOR a Torre del Mar couple, ignorance was a valid defence. A Torre del Mar couple has been acquitted of committing fraud because the court considers that they were also tricked and were unaware they were doing anything wrong.
Last February, when they were both unemployed, they decided to look for work on the internet and found an offer in which they were required to open a bank account in which they would receive transfers to later send to third parties abroad in exchange for seven per cent of the amount.
Although they thought it a little strange, they said they were desperate and went ahead with the plan. They received three transfers for amounts between €2,000 and €3,000 which they sent on to the Ukraine after taking the agreed seven per cent.
The bank alerted the police who visited their home, which is when they discovered the fraud. The real fraudsters stole bank details via the internet and took money from accounts, telling the couple that they were invested in gold abroad due to the financial crisis in Spain.
The couple was accused and faced trial but they have been acquitted after claiming that they found the job on a known, legal site and although they found it a little strange, they accepted because the transactions were carried out through a well-known bank of which they were clients.
By Jennifer Leighfield